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The proposals for a solicitors qualifying examination are about the profession’s future, so solicitors should get involved, says Sharon Montgomery

21 November 2016

One of my responsibilities is to deal with our trainees in our seven-partner high-street mixed practice. I have had a trainee for most of my career and currently my firm takes on about two trainees a year. But the number of people doing the legal practice course seems to have increased enormously in recent years, and the exam results are making it more difficult for us to assess trainees’ capabilities.

The LPC is delivered by many different organisations and in different kinds of ways, and it seems to be very expensive for prospective trainees. I have wondered whether the LPC, in its current form, was any use to anyone, and what sort of exam would best suit the profession instead. Do we need people coming into the profession with a qualification but not the skills needed in practice? And what standards can we say are being maintained when the LPC pass rate varies from below 50 per cent at some institutions ...

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